STREAKS ON THE LINE WHEN BETHANY HOSTS WAYNESBURG WEDNESDAY
Jan. 26 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s basketball team will try to keep three streaks alive they host Waynesburg Wednesday at Hummel Field House at 8 p.m.
One streak the Bison men (12-5, 5-2) will be trying to continue is their current winning stretch, which reached three games with an 85-73 victory over Westminster Saturday. Bethany set a season-high with 16 three-pointers, which also tied for the second-most in a game in school history. Senior Jay Lyonett (Weirton, W.Va./Brooke) led the Green and White sharpshooters with six triples and a team-high 20 points, while senior forward Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) totaled 17 points and seven rebounds.
The triumph also moved BC into a three-way tie for first place in the PAC after Grove City (11-7, 5-2) knocked off Thomas More (13-5, 5-2) on Saturday. Bethany will have a chance to be all alone in first after Wednesday if they defeat Waynesburg. Thomas More is off and Grove City hosts Washington & Jefferson (8-10, 4-2) Wednesday night. The Presidents handed GCC one of their league losses with a 65-43 decision back on Dec. 5.
The Bison have followed a similar recipe to win their last two conference games and slide into the logjam at the top of the standings. In a victory at W&J Jan. 20, Bethany cashed in 11 three-pointers and matched their season-low with nine turnovers. Then on Saturday, in addition to the 16 treys they knocked down, BC only turned the ball over seven times, their fewest since committing seven miscues in a loss at Westminster on Feb. 1, 2003. The Bison are now making just 15.8 turnovers per game, third-lowest in the PAC behind Thiel and W&J (14.7).
The other two streaks Bethany would be aiming to add to concerns their opponent on Wednesday. The Bison have defeated Waynesburg 15 consecutive times dating back to the 2002-03 season, including a 70-52 triumph earlier this season on the road. Senior Jonas Ankrom (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) came off the bench with a team-high 18 points and BC held a massive 52-25 rebounding advantage over the Yellow Jackets. The Green and White will also be going for their 12th straight win over Waynesburg in Hummel Field House, as the Yellow Jackets have not won in Bethany since the 1999-2000 campaign.
It has been a difficult season so far for Waynesburg (2-13, 0-6), who have dropped two straight since a 58-56 victory over Saint Vincent Jan. 13. The Yellow Jackets were off Saturday, so they have not played since a 75-56 defeat at Geneva last Wednesday. Although they committed 24 turnovers and shot just 1-for-15 (7 percent) from the arc, one bright spot in the loss for WU was the play of Jeff Young. In just his second game back after missing the first semester, the 6-5 forward had 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead the Yellow Jackets.
Waynesburg has struggled to score points this season, ranking last in the PAC in scoring (58.3), but they are one of the better defensive teams. The Yellow Jackets are fourth in points allowed at 68.9 and teams are shooting a PAC-low 40.3 percent from the floor against WU. Young may help the scoring woes, as he is putting in 13.0 points in his two games back and with 7.5 boards in that stretch, he should also aid a Waynesburg team that is being out-rebounded by 7.5 per game.